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Rumuwoji Market Fire: Reps Promise Succour For Traders

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Traders whose goods
were razed by fire at Mile One Market, Rumuwoji in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State last December may be compensated, if the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster concludes its reports and findings.
The House Committee Chairman, Rt. Hon. Ifedayo Adegunde gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Chibuike Amaechi in Port Harcourt., recently
“…I want to assure you that the committee will do all that is humanly possible and within the confines of the law and seek adequate redress for victims of Rumuwoji Market inferno in Port Harcourt”, he said.
He commended the state government for plans to build a befitting market for the traders, noting that the administration had made huge strides in infrastructure provision in the state.
Blaming frequent fire disasters on quacks and substandard building materials, Adegunde advocated for sensitization of the general public on the use of fire extinguishers and its applications at homes and markets.
The committee chairman also tasked the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to be alive to its responsibilities, so as to avert such disasters in the future.
He later told reporters that the committee would visit the burnt market and affected traders with a view of ascertaining the level of loss to prepare its report.
Meanwhile, Governor Amaechi had tasked the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster to ensure the interest of the common man was protected in its activities.
He observed that the time has come for the representatives to stand on the side of the people and fight their cause, warning that a new kind of disaster facing the nation was beyond natural but man made by poor leadership, “we are living in disastrous country…there is even huge disasters to face, the disaster to hunger, dictatorship.”
Amaechi urged them to expand their areas of responsibility, “please when you go back, ask the Speaker to expand the responsibilities of the committee to curb disasters of killing in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.”
While thanking the lawmakers for coming to commiserate with the victims of Rumuwoji Market over the inferno that razed the market in which properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed, Amaechi appealed to the Federal Government to assist the state in the development of the market and payment of compensation to those grossly affected by the December 17, 2013 inferno.

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Troops Immobilise 39 Illegal Refineries, Recover 950,000 Litres Of Stolen Crude Oil In N’Delta

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Troops of Operation Delta Safe have discovered and immobilised a total of 39 illegal refining sites, 91 cooking ovens, 24 reservoirs, 17 large dugout pits and 96 storage tanks in the Niger Delta region in the last two weeks.
Also, a total of 637,500 liters of illegally refined automotive gas oil; and 950,000 liters of stolen crude oil were recovered in the course of the operations.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a briefing yesterday. He said, ten (10) criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested.
Onyeuko said recovered items in the worse of the operations which included; 3 assorted arms, 48 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 17 pieces of galvanised pipes and 23 wooden boats among other items used for illegal oil bunkering activities along with all the arrested criminals, have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action.
According to him, troops’ of Delta Safe conducted these operations at different locations in villages, creeks and towns in Emohua, Ikwere, Port Harcourt and Ahoada LGAs of Rivers State.
Other locations were villages, towns and creeks in; Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North LGAs of Delta State as well as in Ekeremor, Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs of Bayelsa State.

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Four Kidnapped UNIPORT Students Regain Freedom

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The four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were abducted by gunmen have regained their freedom.
The students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State when the kidnappers struck and whisked them away.
Report Say the victims escaped on Wednesday when a team of security operatives invaded the kidnappers’ den and engaged them in a shootout.
The Public, Relations Officer of the University, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the development, said the students had been reunited with their families.
He said, “Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
“Gbaa Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.”
Kpenu said the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Owunari Georgewill, who received the four students in his office, commended the Nigeria Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the university and the entire security agencies in Rivers and Bayelsa states for their prompt intervention which led to the release of the victims.

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Police, Civil Defence Clash Over ‘Illegal Oil Bunkering Site’ In Rivers

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The police in Rivers State, have narrated how their operatives clashed with the personnel of a sister security agency – the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over an alleged illegal oil bunkering site in the state.
The police spokesperson in the state, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said police operatives who visited the illegal refining site at Ogbogoro Community for an operation, were resisted by armed officials of the NSCDC.
Iringe-Koko, a deputy superintendent of police, said the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, George Ariolu, visited the site with a detachment of police operatives led by Akika Solomon, an assistant commissioner of police.
She said armed civil defence officials, about 20 of them, prevented the chairman’s team from having access to the site.
“They were eventually disarmed and arrested by the police before Ariolu had access into the depot,” she said.
“We are fully committed to fighting the war against illegal oil bunkering to a logical conclusion,” she said.
In his reaction, Bature Aliyu, the NSCDC Commandant in Rivers State, dismissed claims that the site was used for illegal oil activities.
“The marine exhibit yard in Ogbogoro jetty is not an illegal bunkering site.
“It is a holding bay used by NSCDC to detain boats, vessels, barges and drums used for illegal oil bunkering,” he said.
Mr Aliyu, who spoke through an Assistant Commandant of Corps, Michael Oguntuase, said that NSCDC’s Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi, visited and endorsed the site in 2021.
“So, the yard is NSCDC’s marine exhibits yard and not an illegal dump.
“Most of the exhibits there were arrested by the Nigerian Navy and handed over to us, while some of the arrests were made by us.
“The Ogbogoro jetty is a no-go area for anybody because destroying the yard means destroying the exhibits,” he said.
Mr Aliyu urged members of the public to report any NSCDC personnel found culpable of oil theft, illegal bunkering and vandalism in the state.
The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared war on operators of illegal refineries in the state.
The governor recently accused the police and the civil defence of aiding and abetting the operation of illegal refineries in the state.

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